Thursday, January 1, 2009

Abolutely Fabulous Macaroni & Cheese

(This makes ALOT, you might want to cut the recipe in half!)

Prep: 25 min.
Bake: 20 min.

1 pkg (16oz) elbow macaroi
3 c. (24oz) 4% cottage cheese
1/2 c. butter, cubed
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. white pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
3 c. half & half cream
1 c. milk
4 c. (16oz) cheddar cheese, shredded

1 c. dry bread crumbs
1/4 c. butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, place cottage cheese in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and garlic salt until smooth. Gradually add cream and milk. Bring to a boil: cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Drain macaroni; transfer to a large bowl. Add the cheddar cheese, cottage cheese and white sauce; toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 13 x 9 baking dish. (Dish will be full) Combine bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over the top.

Bake, uncovered, at 400 for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.

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